MP accuses energy companies of ' cynical manipulation' of planning laws
Durham has done its bit for renewable energy - that's the strong view of the Sedgefield MP, Phil Wilson.
The county already has seventeen operating wind farms, with six more having full planning permission and another thirteen in the planning stages.
E.On are hoping to install another 24 turbines in Mr Wilson's constituency.
The Isles site will be capable of producing more than 50 mega watts of power per day, and therefore it is deemed a site of strategic national importance with the final planning decision taken by ministers in London.
Mr Wilson wants the Planning Acts to be revised with the 50 mega watt ceiling raised.
The Duke of York has been in Blyth today for the opening of two new National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) facilities which have been built for the development of offshore renewable energy technologies.
Since construction began in February 2011, 400,000 man hours have been spent on the regeneration of Narec’s dock-side site in Blyth, Northumberland.
The lead construction contractor, Shepherd Construction, has kept work on the facilities local - placing over half of their orders with businesses within forty miles of the site and employing seventeen apprentices on the project.
Multimillion pound facilities set for royal opening
The Duke of York will today open two multimillion pound renewable energy facilities in Northumberland as part of his efforts to recognise and support British excellence in science and engineering.
His Royal Highness is visiting the National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) to open the facilities for the development of offshore renewable energy technologies.
Costing nearly 34 million pounds to build, the facilities have been funded by both the UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund.
“Narec can be extremely proud of these two new facilities; they were conceived by our own engineers and have been delivered on time to meet market needs for testing larger offshore wind turbine blades and prototype tidal turbines.
Each facility is world-class in its own right and together with our existing capabilities they provide the most comprehensive facilities anywhere in the world to enable the scale-up of renewable energy technologies offshore.”